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Dagenham match report
20 December 2014 18:10 Post ID: #71035
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Argyle 3 - 0 Dagenham and Redbridge

Goals from Reuben and Bobby Reid cemented Argyle's place in the League Two play-off places.

Reuben grabbed two goals and Bobby one to make it another three goals scored.

It was a stuttering first half from Argyle where the highlight was the strong running of Lewis Alessandra, one such run led to the first goal but a much better second half where we looked a league above a poor and well beaten Dagenham team.

We didn't have the best of starts because Peter Hartley was injured during the warm up and was replaced by Aaron Bentley, the right-footed youngster played on the left side of the three man defence, the defence looked shaky during the early stages of the match, which is expected if one of the best defences in the league lose both Curtis Nelson and Hartley but in the end another clean sheet is chalked up.

A robust Dagenham team looked better than their lowly league position and should have taken the lead when Cureton lobbed Luke McCormick but luckily his effort bounced the wrong side of the post.
A feature of Argyle's play was Alessandra's running down the channels, he looked very lively.
Overall the first half wasn't that exciting, the team needed both Reid's to raise their game but we did take the lead a few minutes before the break when Alessandra went on another run and got to the byline, he fired the ball across and their was Reuben Reid to stab in at the far post. A well worked goal.

The second half was so much better, Reuben and Bobby got on the ball more and made things happen.
Our attacks were constant and Dagenham just couldn't cope and after just five minutes of the second half Reid scored again, this time it was Bobby. After good work from Andy Kellett Reuben beat the poor attempt of an offside trap and could have taken a shot himself but squared the ball to his little brother and Bobby fired in from close to the penalty spot.

Dagenham were not as dirty as Stevenage but they did like to mix it up, helped by a ref who failed to stop their strong arm tactics, the ref also had a habit of getting in the way of play.
That said, he did award what looked to me like a soft penalty when Alessandra was brought down in the box, no matter, we'll take soft pens all season. Did the ref book the wrong player? Obileye was already on a yellow, I thought it was him who brought down Alessandra but Widdowson got booked instead. It was telling that after the foul Obileye walked as far away from the ref as possible. Bobby Reid received a yellow for pointing out the mistake to the ref.
Reuben put away the penalty with ease.

With the game won Sheridan gave the two Reid's and Alessandra a rest and brought on Tyler Harvey, Jason Banton and Marvin Morgan. Last week against Northampton when Reid and Alessandra was subbed the ball didn't stick up front and we conceded two goals. There was no danger this time because Banton and Morgan both played well in their short time on the pitch.

We should have had another penalty when Kelvin Mellor was clearly brought down in the area, the ref played advantage when there was none and the ball was cleared. The boos rang out around Home Park.

Another win with three goals scored.

Bentley did well, he did have to switch to his right foot a lot which did change the passing dynamic of the team and his distribution needs some work done but he is in the team to defend and he did it well.

Anthony O'Connor was once again class in another new position, is there any position he can't play well?
Carl McHugh carried on where he left off before his injury.

Ollie Norburn did ok, he tackled and passed well. Bobby Reid was anonymous during the first half and then sprang to life for the second 45, Lee Cox was the best midfielder today - he ran the game for Argyle - closing down, hassling, passing, tackling, he did it all.

Upfront Alessandra had an excellent game, at times his running and ball control was our only attacking tactic.
Reuben Reid was another player who had a better second half than first and could have had a hat-trick.

Morgan wasn't in the squad before the game, which was surprising considering there were no strikers on the bench and yet because of the late injury to Hartley he is named as a sub and actually plays the last 10 minutes. Surely Morgan should have been on the bench anyway?

Despite our good run we just can't break into the top three, yet.

McCormick 7, O'Connor 8, McHugh 7, Bentley 6, Mellor 7, Kellett 7, Norburn 7, Cox 8, B Reid 7, Alessandra 8, R Reid 7, Morgan 7, Banton 7, Harvey 6.

Man of the Match: Lee Cox
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